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Greed and Debt: The True Story of Romney and Bain Capital

The critics couldn’t be more wrong. Mitt Romney is no tissue-paper man. He’s closer to being a revolutionary, a backward-world version of Che or Trotsky, with tweezed nostrils instead of a beard, a half-Windsor instead of a leather jerkin.

His legendary flip-flops aren’t the lies of a bumbling opportunist – they’re the confident prevarications of a man untroubled by misleading the nonbeliever in pursuit of a single, all-consuming goal.

Romney has a vision, and he’s trying for something big: We’ve just been too slow to sort out what it is, just as we’ve been slow to grasp the roots of the radical economic changes that have swept the country in the last generation.

The incredible untold story of the 2012 election so far is that Romney’s run has been a shimmering pearl of perfect political hypocrisy, which he’s somehow managed to keep hidden, even with thousands of cameras following his every move.

And the drama of this rhetorical high-wire act was ratcheted up even further when Romney chose his running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin – like himself, a self-righteously anal, thin-lipped, Whitest Kids U Know penny pincher who’d be honored to tell Oliver Twist there’s no more soup left.

Via Matt Taibbi.

Republicans adopt Kris Kobach’s SB1070 as party platform on immigration

On Tuesday, the same the day the party adopted a platform with immigration language written by SB 1070 architect Kris Kobach while TV cameras weren’t trained on the floor, Republicans put a number of Hispanic politicians speaking Spanish on stage in primetime when they were. Hispanic Republicans who criticize their party over some of its harsh Kobachian rhetoric say the stagecraft will have the desired effect.

Via TPM.

Ethnic Studies Professor Alexander Saxton dies at 94

Alexander Saxton, UCLA history professor emeritus, and former acting director and long-time Faculty Advisory Committee chair of the Asian American Studies Center, Alexander Saxton, passed away on Aug. 20, 2012 in Lone Pine, Calif. at the age of 94.

Professor Saxton, throughout his time at UCLA, was a staunch supporter and actively involved in the Asian American Studies Center, providing key leadership and mentoring many students over the years.

Of his time at the center, Professor Saxton said: “It turned out to be one of the most demanding (and rewarding) experiences of my life…. Being a proponent of ethnic studies at UCLA in the 1970s and ’80s was good combat training. There still was big opposition to ethnic studies on grounds that ranged from blatant racism to lack of high academic principle. We constantly had to fight for approval for research funding and core courses, and we remained endlessly involved in struggles over initial appointments and tenure promotion for scholars committed to ethnic studies.”

http://rafu.com/news/2012/08/professor-alexander-saxton-dies-at-94/

Republican Florida Governor Crist: “Obama is the right leader for our state and the nation”

I’ve only been to Tampa once in my life, and I remember it was in October right before the election, and I remember seeing a huge banner for Crist on one of the buildings.

A Republican for governor of Florida…

… who is now endorsing Obama for re-election as the RNC begins in Tampa this week.

As America prepares to pick our president for the next four years — and as Florida prepares once again to play a decisive role — I’m confident that President Barack Obama is the right leader for our state and the nation.

via Former Gov. Charlie Crist: Here’s why I’m backing Barack Obama – Tampa Bay Times.

Dems hold press conference attacking Paton on tribal sovereignty yet Kirkpatrick holds same view?

The Democrats held a press conference denouncing Paton’s racism, in this case his non-respect for tribal sovereignty… yet their Democratic Darling Ann Kirkpatrick holds the same view?

Kinda like her own Payday loan lobbyist connections as the Dems attack “Payday Paton”…

After I wrote Wednesday’s item on the tribes’ criticism of Jonathan Paton over gaming, I was asked a pertinent question: What’s Ann Kirkpatrick’s position on the bill that got Paton in hot water.

It turns out, Democrat Kirkpatrick holds largely the same view as Republican Paton.

Via AZ Daily Star.

Anaheim: The magical land of racism

“Seniores” and “Señoritas” events held at an Anaheim high school — in which students dressed as gang members and a pregnant woman pushing a baby stroller — have been canceled after officials concluded the activities were demeaning toward Latinos and their culture.

The events, which have been held for at least three years at Canyon High School, took place during senior activity week in June and were approved by campus administrators, according to school district officials.

via LA Times.

Documentary: Rosemont mine’s investors and the environmental damage they left at other sites

Rosemont Copper’s economic and environmental promises? See what happened in Italy by watching the documentary Cyanide Beach at Crossroads Movie theater, about the foreign investors behind Rosemont Copper and its parent company, and what they left behind in Italy…

http://azstarnet.com/news/local/film-polluted-italy-site-a-window-to-rosemont/article_585a58ad-2160-5583-92ea-964fb819c147.html

The movie is about Sargold Resource Corp., which for several years held a 90 percent interest in a gold mine on the island of Sardinia. Sargold, based in Vancouver, had five of the same directors who now sit on the governing board of Augusta Resource Corp., Dougherty said, including Augusta President-CEO Gil Clausen and Augusta board Chairman Richard Warke. Sargold used the same street address as Augusta, which owns the Rosemont Mine site’s private land.

IF YOU GO

“Cyanide Beach” will be shown at 7 p.m. Thursday at Crossroads Festival Cinema, 4811 E. Grant Road. Admission is free but advance, online RSVPs are requested at http://www.investigativemedia.com/rsvp-for-august-23rd-premiere-of-cyanide-beach/

Obama had to fight Jan Brew… errr Janet Napolitano to get DREAMers deferred action?

The AZ Jans

Politico’s Glenn Thrush reports in the e-book Obama’s Last Stand that Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano was initially unwilling to sign off on President Obama’s proposal that would grant a “deferred action” to nearly 1 million young undocumented, allowing them to remain in the U.S. for two years without fear of deportation.

The book provides a rare glimpse behind the scenes into inner workings of the Obama campaign and the White House, including some of the testy internal battles that have been waged. It also shows for the first time how the White House went about enacting its “deferred action” program in the midst of a tumultuous election year.

via Univision News.

Wrapped in the Flag: Arizona – American Anthropological Association

In Arizona, we are told that it is not only our border that needs to be protected, but our classrooms as well. In this case, it is the Tucson Unified School District’s much noted Mexican American Studies Program that is the invader. Talk defending Arizona’s ban on Ethnic Studies Programs in Arizona K-12 schools reflects familiar themes of freedom, national and personal security, and constitutional rights. Tom Horne, the state’s Attorney General and a vocal supporter of Arizona’s immigration bill SB 1070, wrote, “A fundamental role of the public schools is to take students of different backgrounds and teach them to treat each other as individuals and not of the race they were born into. Tucson Unified District does it the opposite. …They divide (students) by race and teach each group about its own background only.” Again, rationale for state policy, in this case around diversity and assimilation, is shrouded in talk exalting individual rights and national identity. Horne clings to the European immigrant story, the shedding old ethnic skin and becoming individuals — where individuals means European Americans. But securing our classrooms in terms of pedagogy is only part of the agenda. We are also told that we need to secure the classroom physically. If law-abiding people can carry guns one step outside the campus to keep criminals at bay, supporters of Arizona’s proposed SB 1467 asked, why not allow them to enter a university with their firearms? Advocates for SB 1467 flavor a rights discourse with wild west rhetoric. “Guns save lives, and it’s a constitutional right of our citizens,” former Arizona state senator Russell Pearce said of the guns-on-campus proposal. Immigration, ethnic studies, and guns on campuses may appear to be discrete issues, yet they form a discursive web of control in which my state’s educational institutions are dangling. It is not difficult to make the argument that the initiatives are related to the increase in the size of Arizona’s Hispanic population, who now make up nearly 30 percent of the state’s residents. Deportation, forced assimilation, and the use of weapons to protect (and terrorize) have a long history here in the southwest.

Via HuffPost.